It was a real honor to meet up with Rachel MacIver at the Christmas Bazaar last week. I recognized her right away as the lady who was responsible for the charity, “Children of Jabel Shams“. She was easy to recognize as they did a nice write-up of her in one of the free weekly English publications. Children of Jabel Shams is “a charity in support of children’s education, through the supply of stationery, school materials and computers to remote areas of Jabel Shams.”Rachel has a real love of Oman which comes out in her photography. Be sure to visit her facebook page and give it a like! On the page, she writes, “…”When I came to Oman in 2004 I knew I had come home, and I wondered why it had taken me so long to find my way here. The beauty of the desert, the mountains the long coastline…the beauty of the people, their values and their perseverance to stay true to their roots. This is what I hope to capture in my pictures. I am not a trained photographer – but I take photos with my heart. What you see, is a love letter to Oman and its people.” My wife and I bought a couple of gorgeous Christmas cards and a lovely painting titled “Three Wise Men” from Bilad Sayt, Oman. Here are a few examples of the beautiful photos available for sale on her facebook page: ePicOmanThis was the image on one of the Christmas she was selling (and which we bought). She added snowflakes on a red background below the image with the typed message “Merry Christmas from Oman“.I believe this photo was taken at a camel race. She adds to this photo, “First row reserved! :-) “
If Rachel isn’t busy enough with her charity and photography, she also writes for Oman Observer and their weekend editions. Here is one of her articles (including her photography) titled, “Walking on the Edge – JABEL SHAMS“. Here is some of her photography that made it to the front cover of the Observer Weekend:To see higher quality images of some great “Faces of Oman“, click here. (Pages 28-31 of the pdf file)
Here’s another of her articles you’re sure to love titled, “Camping in High Heels“. :-) Another one I loved is called, “Gone Fishing in Fins“. (Pages 32-35) Finally, one more called “What Stories We Could Tell...” which came with this brilliant photo of “Omani Doors“: This is one of the photos we purchased. No. 51 – “Three Wise Men” – Bilad Sayt, Oman in CATALOGUE 2 – PLACES. “Each photo measures 25x30cm in its black mount and comes complete in a protective plastic cover. Price OMR 8/- if bought directly from me – or OMR 9/- if bought via PayPal (which I am working on setting up in connection with this page… have patience… I am still to work it out… ). Shipping abroad is an additional charge.”This is my favorite pic from her CATALOGUE 2 – CREATURES. As she explains, “Each photo measures 25x30cm in its black mount and comes complete in a protective plastic cover. Price OMR 8/- if bought directly from me – or OMR 9/- if bought via PayPal (which I am working on setting up in connection with this page… have patience… I am still to work it out… ). Shipping abroad is an additional charge.”Another great pic from her facebook page from “Eid al Adha“.
As you can probably tell by now, I’m a huge fan of her work. Why not purchase some of her brilliant artwork. At the same time, you will contributing to the education of the “Children of Jabal Shams”. Sounds like a win-win to me! :-)
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Haag Design is looking for an artist as a representative for Oman for a specific project. Here is the job description:
Searching for an Omani artist who is skilled in REALISTIC style painting. We are accepting any medium (acrylic, oil, pastel, etc.) as long as the result is realistic. The artist should also be skilled in portraiture. You would be required to paint just one picture as small as 9 inches wide by 12 inches tall.
This is a paid commission, and your work will be published in a book.
Please send samples or a link to your portfolio to email@example.com.
We will contact you if we feel that it is a good fit. Thank you.
Any aspiring Omani artists out there? If so, submit your work (to the email listed above - NOT to me, please!) as soon as you can. It must be sent by September 15th at the latest. If you know of any talented Omani artists who would represent the Sultanate well, please let them know about this opportunity.
“Tonny Holsbergen, born in 1952, is a well known Dutch painter and portrait artist who has held many successful exhibitions both internationally and in Oman. She first visited Oman in 2001 overnighting in the desert. When talking of those times she says “I became obsessed with Oman and its people, particularly with the Bedouin, their hospitality and way of life. I listened to the sounds of the desert surrounding me, and I just wanted to start drawing immediately. She describes these times as the best of her life. About her return to the Netherlands she says “I couldn’t concentrate on anything that was not about Oman. All of my other commissions suffered. Painting portraits of businessmen, actors and poets just didn’t seem to flow. I was too inspired by the Bedu women with their golden birkhas and the beautiful dresses that they wear with such grace. Every scene moved me. I wanted to capture an essence of their lifestyle.” “The first time Tonny Holsbergen came to Oman she found herself in the desert of the Sharqiya accepting the hospitality of local bedouin. Without a language in common the Dutch artist and the Omani bedouin communicated with each other by way of Tonny’s art. She drew sketches of her hosts, to which they responded with immediate enthusiasm, insisting that she make more. From this encounter, and from Tonny’s deeply felt empathy and passion for the people of Oman and the land in which they live, there has flowed a rich stream of paintings and drawings, a small selection of which are shown here. This passion for people and for a way of life that is in danger of disappearing altogether, amid the pressures of modern life, is evident in every stroke of her brush. Of course it is the work of the artist to create – to make new things in the world – but it is also, here, to make a passionate appeal to preserve what we already have.” (Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi) “She shows that the desert is anything but a place of emptiness. In her vision it is always a landscape full of colour and movement. It is perhaps the colour in the paintings that strikes the eye most immediately. Reds, in particular, seem to glow with an especial intensity: a tribute, perhaps, to the bright fabrics worn by the women of Oman’s desert interior. She also captures quite beautifully the changing conditions of light in the desert. A low evening sun picks out the delicate shade of luminous purple in a dish-dasha, which glows in the painting as though responding to an ultra-violet source.” “Linger with one of these works for a moment longer, and, as the colours continue to vibrate, the movement of the figures, communicated with a flurry of graceful and precise lines will captivate you and draw you into the instant of action itself. A hand raised in gesture, a leg twisting in dance, faces alive with character, with warmth, with vitality. Drawing is at the heart of her art and such is the refinement of her technique here, that the human figures in her work seem to leap with muscular energy from the two dimensions of the painting’s surface.” (Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi) “Muscat City” glass art (RO295) “Omani Mask with Hologram Eyes” (in various colors and designs) ( Glass Art (RO 375) “Waiting for the market, Nizwa” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 27X37cm (RO295) “Bow at Command” oil on canvas 50X60cm (RO 500) “Coffee server, Mutrah” oil & glass on canvas 90X80cm (RO 1800) “Folkdance with Drums” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X54cm (RO 325) “Woman with Calf” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X27cm (RO 295) “Carrying the Goat for Eid” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 39X29cm (RO 295) “Carrying Lucerne” ink & watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X27cm (RO 295) “Two ladies Carrying Stone Bottles” ink & watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X27cm (RO 295) “Coffee Server, Mutrah” ink & watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X27cm (RO 295) “Old Man Carrying Baby Goat” ink & watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 80X50cm (RO 1250) “Woman Carrying Baby Goat” ink & watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 80X50cm (RO 1250) “Omani Mask” glass art (RO 275) “Little Shop in Bahla” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 27X37cm (RO 295) “Vegetable Market in Nizwa” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 27X37cm (RO 295) “Sitting in the Shade at Nizwa” pastel 50X65cm (RO 575) “Folklore Musicgroup” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X54cm (RO 325) “A Walk through the Desert” water colour 35X45cm (RO 550) “Camels in the Desert” & “Before the Start” pastel on palette (RO 400 each) “Discussion about Fodder” pastel 40X48cm (RO 550) “Study of Camel” water colour 30X40cm (RO 295) “Passing a Door” pastel 70X90cm (RO 1500)
These are just some of the amazing pieces of artwork by Tonny Holsbergen available at Bait Muzna Gallery. You better hurry though as this display is only on for 3 more days (ends on January the 8th). If you are interested in any of the pieces, I’m sure that the ART director of the Gallery, Ellen Molliet, would be able to help you out. firstname.lastname@example.org www.baitmuznagallery.com (Tel: +96824739204) Fax:+96824739205
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